Gypsies follow an enviable lifestyle -- the romantic rootlessness, the fireside storytelling, and, if you're talking the Snatch variety, the nonchalant bare-knuckle boxing and sweet periwinkle caravans -- but eventually it comes time to settle down. Permanently parking her caravan, the mind behind Leotah's Coffeehouse.
The idea for Leotah's came from a U of the Arts acting dropout who, inspired by her mother's informal coffee salons, started a roving coffee bar that traveled with craft fairs and festivals; road weary, she and her partner have now set up in an East Kensington/Fishtown space with original hardwood, floor-to-ceiling windows illuminating mocha walls, and a cozy exposed-brick back-lounge, but not an "exposed back" because, you know, Megan's Law. Keeping green with what they say are locally rare low-energy espresso & coffee makers, they'll be churning out "fairer-than-fair" Direct Trade beverages from $1 "Straight-up" Guatemalan black coffee, to the more confectionary Peanut Butter Chocolate Latte, to a sweet latte w/ Guatemalan espresso and Lancaster Co. milk called the "Cup of Love", also a horrifying prop seen in 1972 Rolling Stones backstage footage. Locally sourced foodstuffs include traditional baked action like bagels, donuts, and brownies, as well as sandos including the cheddar, mushrooms, pepper mix, cucumber, and avocado "Veggie Pile-Up" -- after which the avocado should thank God it didn't become guacamole.
Because people need people, Leotah's is also billing itself as a community space, hosting local artwork, low-key musical performances, and even Spanish classes, which for all anybody knows is what made Brad Pitt's Gaelic sound so Snatchural.